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June 24, 2013

Kemp girl to perform at July Fest

Concert headliners include Derek Sholl, Kevin Fowler and Vanilla Ice

Athens — Nine-year-old Kadie Lynn of Kemp was less than 3 years-old when she started her singing career. Kadie's mother Debbie Robertson said when Kadie was 4 years-old, she performed at the Farmersville Opry.

“I used to sing Amazing Grace to her,” Robertson said. “She memorized the song and sang it at church when she was about 2-1/2 years old.”

The young girl had not even started reading by the time she could sing.

“They would hold her up to the microphone to sing during church,” Robertson said.

Kadie has already been scheduled for a number of performances this summer. On July 6, she will be at the Gun Barrel City July Fest, and on July 12, she will be in Kemp at the July Festival. Later this year, she will be on Shipp Family Ministries Gospel Cruise Fest 2013. This will be Kadie’s second adventure on the cruise ship. Arnie Shipp, CEO of the Gospel Cruise ship is Kadie's Manager.

 In addition to performing concerts, Kadie will be at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center in “Annie Get Your Gun” later this year. More information about Kadie Lynn can be found at or like her on Facebook.

As is the case with most 9 year-old children, Kadie has aspirations. She wants to grow to be a singer, actress or nurse. With her determination, anything will be possible.

For the time being, Kadie is preparing to perform at the Gun Barrel City July Fest. Kadie will be singing in the Gun Barrel Amphitheater at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. Following Kadie, will be Derek Sholl at 7 p.m. and Kevin Fowler at 8:30 p.m. Headlining the show is Vanilla Ice performing at 10:30 p.m.

July Fest this year will be a 3-day event starting on Thursday with the carnival at the Gun Barrel City Park. On July 4-6,  starting at 5:30 p.m., you can have your picture taken with Bruno the Bear at the Pavilion.

On Thursday, July 4, there will be free community concerts hosted by local churches in the Pavilion starting at 5 p.m.

Friday, July 5 will be the Bicycle Parade starting at 7:30 p.m. near the Gun Barrel City Fire Department.

The July Fest Car Show will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday July 6 in the Pavilion. The show will last until 3 p.m.

The July Fest Concert, with special guest Ron Lester will start on Saturday night with Kadie Lynn. Tickets for the concert can be purchased in advance at Gun Barrel City Hall or on-line for $10. Buy tickets at the gate for $15.  Bring your lawn chairs. The concert will take place at the new Gun Barrel City amphitheater located behind the baseball fields.  Tickets can be purchased at

The fireworks will start at 10 p.m. in the park at Gun Barrel City. 

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